Severe Weather Warning Take Action Now.

25 October 2013

The Met Office have issued a warning for a severe weather system approaching the UK, it is expected to reach the UK mainland by late Sunday 27th October and Monday 28th October. Gales are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK.

Before the arrival of this severe weather it is recommended that you:

  • Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing and break them.
  • Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the house, and especially large doors such as those on garages.
  • Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.
  • Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30°.
  • If the house is fitted with storm shutters over the windows then ensure that these are closed and fastened.
  • Be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures caused by strong winds.

Being prepared for flooding could save your life and your property. Floods can be surprisingly quick to develop often with less than 20 minutes warning of a river or stream bursting its banks.

How can I be prepared?

  • Be prepared to evacuate your property and think about where you can go for safety. Will the route be passable?
  • Know how to turn off your gas, electricity, and water mains supply.
  • Prepare a flood kit of essential items such as a broom, spade, mop, and bucket; domestic detergent and disinfectant; rubber boots, gloves and protective clothing; waterproof torch and radio; bottled water for drinking.
  • Agree where you will go and how to make contact with others.
  • Think about what items you can move to a safe place now and what are essential items for you to have.
    Ensure you have a list of important numbers including Floodline: 0845 988 1188.

What should I do when it floods?

  • Remember: Safety comes first. Think about evacuation before it is too late to move. Make sure you follow the advice or instructions provided by the emergency services or other statutory authorities.
  • If floodwater is about to enter your home, turn off the gas, electricity and water supplies if it is safe to do so.
    Keep listening to your local radio for updates or call Floodline: 0845 988 1188
  • To prevent loss or damage, move irreplaceable personal items, such as photographs, to an upper storey or higher location in your property.
  • If possible move any other items to an upper storey or higher location and raise ground floor furniture on blocks or bricks to minimise the risk of damage.

In the event that your home is damaged or flooded during this severe weather system, please contact your insurance provider, or the Association of British Insurers.

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